Jail for Leeds thug who attacked amputee in flat

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An unemployed chef who tipped an amputee out of his wheelchair and attacked him while he was on the floor has been jailed.

Leeds Crown Court heard Daniel Gale, 24, and accomplice Jean Shackleton, 39, turned on disabled Eric McLoughlin, 36, after he invited them to stay the night at his flat at Brighall Croft in Burmantofts, Leeds.

The court heard Mr McLoughlin, a chronic heroin user whose right leg was amputated in 2012, had been out drinking in the Corn Exchange area of Leeds city centre with both defendants on September 11

Prosecutor, Kenneth Green said Mr McCloughlin had previously been in a relationship with Shackleton and he had known Gale for around four years.

Mr Green added: “It is fair to say they were all intoxicated.

“Mr McLoughlin kindly offered to let them stay the night at his flat, where they continued to drink.

“It’s not clear why, but it seems Gale suddenly turned on Mr McLoughlin, who was sitting in his wheelchair.”

The court head Gale, of The Mount, Tingley, punched Mr McLoughlin while he was on the floor.

Shackleton, of Aberfield Walk, Middleton, Leeds, joined in the attack.

Mr Green said Shackleton took a BMX bicycle from the kitchen and Mr McLoughlin was again assaulted by both defendants when he tried to stop the pair leaving his flat with the bike.

The court was told Mr McLoughlin suffered a broken nose and a bruised jaw in the incident.

Gale admitted assault, theft and failing to surrender to bail.

Mitigating, Warner Falk, said Gale is an out of work chef who has struggled with drink and drug problems.

Mr Falk added: “He is doing everything in his power to stay clean.”

Jailing Gale for 38 weeks, Recorder Peter Babb told him: “He had a leg amputated the year previous to this incident.

“You tipped him out of his wheelchair and both you and Miss Shackleton punched him a number of times before leaving his flat with the pedal cycle.”

At Leeds Crown Court In September, Shackleton, who admitted assault and theft, was sentenced to a 12 month community order linked to a drug rehabilitation requirement.